• Apr 29, 2006
The embattled, and bankrupt, GM parts supplier Delphi has been tapped by Ferrari to supply the new 599 GTB Fiorano with its MagneRide suspension that’s also used on the Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac STS and other premium GM products. The MagneRide suspension uses shock absorbers filled with a fluid capable of changing damping characteristics on the fly.

Delphi has been supplying Ferrari with climate control systems since 1992 and will also supply the Fiorano’s electrical system. If this stuff is good enough for Ferrari…

[Thanks Noah for the tip]

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      #17 - reread the artilce. Delphi is supplying the same techonology. You don't understand the automotive supply business (nor do many journalists). GM would never allow Delphi to supply the exact same parts from a GM vehicle to a competitor as GM paid for the tools. Rather, Delphi is providing the same technology to Ferrari.

      Another example...many of the parts in the Ferrari AC system will also share technology with GM programs, but it is NOT the same AC system as found in GM vehicles.

      ALL suppliers sell their technology to ANY customer who wants to buy it (barring any exculsivity agreements with a given customer).
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't think BMW uses GM transmissions anymore. I think they're all ZF now.

      The title of this post is misleading. Shock absorbers are hardly a suspension. Delphi's shocks are perhaps the best of their kind, though. They don't do so much in the Corvette, where the standard suspension is already quite good and the ride quality of the Z51 is much more acceptable than it once was, but they work very well in the SRX, Lucerne, etc. I wouldn't buy an SRX without them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is the way car companies conduct business. And if you do not adjust, you simply fall behind, lamented in some automotive book. European companies have to adjust to this framework of business or become irrelevant.

      Who here has a better solution? I wanna hear solutions, not whining and moaning of "the decline of the european car manufacturer because they use delphi".

      Who here has driven a magnaride equipped ride? Sounds like a fascinating piece of technology (I know Audi uses the technique- don't know their supplier).

      If you wanna knock something- knock the styling of that ferrari- I mean, talk about uninspiring. Quite lacking in originality and fressness wouldn't anyone care to agree
      • 8 Years Ago
      "12. Danm! Corvette suspension that's leafsprings ):"

      Yes it's true, and I was disappointed at first until I read this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corvette_leaf_springs

      There are many advantages to using the leaf springs instead of coils, just give it a read and you'll see.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "This doesn't mean GM is great, it just symbolizes the decline of the Europeans, terrible quality from MB and BMW, sell-out SUVs from Porsche, closing of British plants for the Chinese, Jaguar bought by Ford, etc. and now cost-saving parts for Ferrari. Its just a sign of the times for European autombile manufacturing."

      Care to explain this to me? Porsche builds an SUV that get's rave reviews, but because the expanded their product line they are sellouts? Plants are closed in Britain to keep companies alive which in the end preserves hundreds of thousands of jobs. Ferrari chooses to use the suspension of the new Corvette (a supercar.) Ford bought Jaguar, a company flirting with collapse and horrible quality, then once the buyout takes place the company is rejuvinated...so as I said, please explain your argument to me?
      • 8 Years Ago
      What makes a Ferrari a Ferrari or a Porsche a Porsche isn't who supplies the nuts and bolts, it's what they do with the nuts and bolts. It's the design, the sense of purpose, the goal of what they want to achieve before they say it's good enough.

      Ferrari could provide Pontiac with a bunch of parts and they could still build a POS car out of them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Ferrari could provide Pontiac with a bunch of parts and they could still build a POS car out of them"

      Ever owned a Ferrari? Ever had a good look at one? Especially a 348 or earlier?

      Outside of the running gear, Pontiac parts would be an improvement over most of the parts on a Ferrari. You don't hear Ferrari owners commenting on the unreliability and high running costs of American vehicles.

      Ferrari does some things right. But let's not get all weird here. Many of the parts on Ferraris are pretty ordinary. Many of them are just from the FIAT parts bin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If I was spending that kind of money on a Ferrari, I would want it to be unique and not an example of parts bin engineering.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Laugh all you want, you can buy a 2006 C6 bare bones for a little over invoice and still pay under $40,000 for it! HP to HP, inch to inch, styel to style the C6 proves more punch and bang for the buck than any other car in the world for sale this model year. And it 'IS' and outstanding and extremely high quality product. Did I mention it's average MPG is in the 24MPG range? A ferrari is still a Ferrari, and they would only consider the best products in the world. Like others say, your bias of GM is unfounded, millions upon millions of people around the world love and will only drive a GM. That's why they call it 'the General'.
      • 8 Years Ago
      #16 Re-read the article.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "David => You made good points, except "Porsche builds an SUV that get's rave reviews." The infamy of the Cayenne/Tourag is wearing the crown of the least reliable SUV's made in 2005, and the second least reliable in 2006, beaten out only by the Nissan Armada/Titan twins. These 4 vehicles define POS so far for the 21st century."

      Ouuuuuch, haha...well I meant more in terms of how it drives...as opposed to how often it goes boom :P
      • 8 Years Ago
      POS = Piece of S***
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